You're right - the notion of an "edible golf course" seems insane.
And yet, there are a few layouts around the world that stake a more or less legitimate claim to such a title.
Forget farm-to-table...these courses are farm-to-fairway:
Irie Fields Golf Club - Kittitian Hill, St. Kitts
If you happen to have heard the phrase "edible golf course" recently, it's because of this Ian Woosnam design, located at Belle Mont Farm on Kittitian Hill on the tiny Caribbean island of St. Kitts, in the British West Indies.
It is the self-proclaimed "Most edible golf course in the world," partly due to the fact that the maintenance crew uses zero fertilizer or pesticides in the preparation of the turf and uses a stingy irrigation system.
But golfers are not keep on eating grass, after all, so the true "edibility" of Irie Fields comes from the numerous species of fruit trees that dot the property.
Depending on the time of year when you visit, your caddie will advise you not only on how to play the course, but which fruits are in season as well.
Orchard Creek Golf Course - Altamont, N.Y.
Along similar lines to Irie Fields but on a considerably less grandiose scale, Orchard Creek is a pleasant public golf course just south of Schenectady in Upstate New York, designed by Paul Cowley.
The layout is fun in its own right, with each hole named after the variety of apple available just off the fairway. Well-known varieties Red Delicious (#2), Golden Delicious (#8) and Gala (#14) are represented, as are the less-known but still tasty Spy (#6), Stayman (#10) and Milton (#17).
Our favorite hole/apple combination is the par-5 18th, called "Macoun," with a stream forming something of a moat around the green.
Tobago Plantations Golf Course - Tobago
At just over 700 miles from the Equator, Trinidad and Tobago's scenery is dominated by palm trees. On a trip there some years ago, I was paired with top area golfer Carlos "Sexy" Barnes. While we were on the range before the round, he laid his club down, strode over to a nearby coconut palm, plucked a coconut off the tree, hacked it open, and took a drink. It makes those yellow-and-red water coolers seem awfully pedestrian, doesn't it?
Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Orlando - Orlando, Fla.
The neighboring Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, is very proud of its commitment to farm-to-table cuisine at its main restaurants, Norman's and Highball & Harvest. Many of the fruits and vegetables come from the on-site Whisper Creek Farms.
And if you veer just to the left of the sixth tee at the Greg Norman-designed course, you'll see one of the vegetable gardens. I'm not saying you should hop the fence and pick a pepper or tomato off one of the plantings, but you could if you were so inclined.
Have you visited any golf courses that might be considered "edible" in the same way as the ones we discussed? Please share your own "edible golf" experiences below!